I just experienced a miscarriage. I had never had a positive pregnancy test; however, I was 3 and a half months pregnant. I had tried to get into see my doctor in February and she was out of the country for 2 weeks. I had all the signs of pregnancy as well as a growing uterus which got to the size of a grapefruit. After this though, the uterus seemed to start changing and so I thought the baby may have moved and I didn't worry too much about it. I was supposed to see my Dr. on March 3 but they called me and said she was sick and wouldn't be in the office for a few days so on March 8 I had a blood test done. The level was less than 5 so they said I was not pregnant. For several days before this blood test I had several other things happening but never connected the events. I believe that my baby died the last weekend in February and on March 10, the miscarriage started with the worst of it happening the next morning. This is the 6th day since and I'm still bleeding some. I went to the ER on the 12th and they did another blood test and said I wasn't pregnant and that I never had been. They sent me to an OB/GYN clinic so I went there on the 14th and was treated very badly. I was told many things I know for a fact aren't true as well. Can your HCG level drop once the baby dies and before you actually miscarry? Can someone explain how this works?
Many many women have episodes in their lives in which their periods stop for 2-3 months and they get many pregnancy symptoms. Most of the time they are NOT pregnant, but often really feel like they are -- especially if they want to be pregnant! When the period eventually comes, it is often very heavy and prolonged.
Unless you had a positive pregnancy test at some point, I would have to agree with the doctors in the ER that you probably weren't pregnant. It IS possible to have a chemical pregnancy though -- that is a pregnancy in which the test is positive transiently and then returns to negative. In the old days before the sensitive home tests that we have now, most women would never have known that they ever were pregnant.
Next time, if you miss your period, do a home test!
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